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Owner of Estate Sale Guys charged with breach of trust

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Staff Report
Published Feb. 19, 2016

The owner of Estate Sale Guys, a Columbia-headquartered estate sales firm, has been arrested by Richland County Sheriff’s deputies on two counts of breach of trust.

The business owner, Tony Layne Hendon, 58, was taken into custody at his home around 2 p.m. Thursday, said Sheriff Leon Lott. Hendon’s business is at 1929 Hampton St.

A Sheriff’s Department release said investigators were notified that Hendon was entrusted to sell valuables “belonging to vulnerable victims who were dealing with the loss of loved ones, but would sell their belongings and not pay them.”

According to the press release, the charges stem from two incidents:

· In November 2014, Hendon agreed to sell approximately $4,650 in furniture and electronics belonging to the victim but when entrusted with the items, Hendon never paid the victim nor did he return the victim’s valuables;

· In December 2014, Hendon agreed to sell $90,000 worth of silver, jewelry, furniture, and a Persian rug belonging to the victim after being entrusted with the items. Hendon never paid the victim nor returned the items to the victim, Lott said.

“Hendon victimized very vulnerable people by selling their belongings and not giving them their money when they were simply trying to downsize their homes after losing a family member,” the release added.

Lott said the investigation was “long-term” and deputies “will continue to investigate and bring forth any additional charges.”

Hendon remained in custody this afternoon at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, according to the jail’s website.

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